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Candidate positions: Jim Graves

The following positions reflect those used for Jim Graves in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidate's public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."


Issue Question Candidate Position
Economy What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
We should increase aggregate demand for American goods and products by making sure more money is in the hands of middle-class consumers. Also, the federal government must negotiate trade laws that are truly fair, cut bureaucratic red tape, and ensure capital is available to small businesses. In addition, I will work to bring new industries to the district, giving small businesses the tools and advocacy in Washington they need to succeed, and putting the middle class back to work.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this, in part, in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Federal deficit Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased? ANSWER OPTION
I would eliminate wasteful tax expenditures that subsidize huge corporations and special interests; end the expensive wars in the Middle East; and cut wasteful government spending, redundancy, and subsidization of luxurious "wants' in place of underfunded needs. Spending should be increased on rebuilding American infrastructure.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this, in part, in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
I will not support taking money out of the hands of the middle class. Instead of tinkering with a system that is broken, I support a comprehensive overhaul of our tax structure.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"We cannot afford to raise taxes on the middle class, since that would suck the oxygen out of our already fragile economy," Graves said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Farm bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
I am generally in favor of moving away from direct subsidies and toward crop insurance and approve of the direction the farm bill takes on that issue. However, the threat to food supply and the lack of competition caused by the ethanol industry is an area I will focus on. Programs that ensure that vital food supplies are protected for all Americans will always be my top priority.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
Protecting Social Security and Medicare are non-negotiable priorities, and, in order to do that, we have to keep them solvent, using creative solutions and open minds at the negotiating table.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Social Security has provided a guaranteed safety net for America's seniors who have earned these benefits," Graves said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
I will vote to protect Medicare, keep it solvent, and to keep health care costs down for our senior citizens. Specifically, I will do everything I can to prevent senior citizens from financial ruin due to the Part D "doughnut hole" coverage gap.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
The Affordable Care Act primarily addresses the problem of access. But we need to consider solutions that bend the cost curve of health care before it destroys our economy. I will support continued health care reform with the introduction an outcome-based compensation model that incorporates transparency, employs competition and free market principles, and emphasizes preventative care.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
I will work to reduce class sizes and ensure that new and existing teachers have the most effective training and resources to support them. I oppose unfunded mandates in the education system. I also believe Congress must work to make higher education affordable and reduce crippling student loan debt. I will support capping the student loan rate at 3.4 percent indefinitely.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said the following in response to an MPR News inquiry: "As a businessman and employer, I know the importance of quality education and training for a thriving workforce and economy. As a former teacher, I also understand the challenges educators and students face and am committed to reforming education in a way that demands accountability from parents, teachers, and administrators, but also rewards educators for the tremendous service they do." Back to top
Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
First and foremost, we should stop subsidizing big oil. As we transition to more renewable solutions, nuclear and natural gas, as well as some additional oil drilling and clean coal, should be on the negotiating table. This future should involve a combination of innovative energy technologies, an emphasis on energy efficiencies and an expansion of domestic energy production, without abandoning the call to be responsible stewards of our state's precious lakes, rivers and other natural resources.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said the following in response to an MPR News inquiry: "I see our energy crises not as a problem, but an opportunity to create new technologies, products and, above all, new jobs. It's an opportunity to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and thus to bolster our national security, and an opportunity to fashion our own energy future." Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
As we transition to cleaner technologies we have to be cognizant of the need to keep commerce going and our economy thriving. We should allow freer and fairer competition in the energy sector to let the best sources and technologies succeed.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"We will always need to strike a balance between our economic growth and our call to be good stewards of our lakes and rivers," Graves said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
The proper role of the government is not to make these kinds of personal decisions. We ought to come together as families and as communities to do everything in our power to provide young women with support and options in order to reduce the number of abortions. Abortion is a tragedy.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Same-sex marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Yes. The government should not be a nanny state in the business of monitoring people's private lives.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said the following in response to an MPR News inquiry: "I have been married for 39 years and it is the best thing that ever happened to me; I would never try to deny that to another person." Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Immigration is, above all, about national security. Because Congress has failed to face the reality of our immigration challenges, we have a system that supports criminals, weakens our borders, and penalizes innocent families instead of those who wish to harm America. A sustainable immigration system requires an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding, productive migrants. I also support a requirement that migrant workers be paid prevailing wages and benefits, thereby decreasing demand for poorly-paid undocumented workers and protecting human dignity. I also support the DREAM Act.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Graves said the following in response to an MPR News inquiry: "Smart immigration enforcement can improve our country, but only if it is coupled with immigration policy that takes into account human dignity, the opportunity of the American dream, national security, and the need for a growing labor force." Back to top
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